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Jc mind. Sensational stories are
printed that afterward turn out to
have been lies.
The policies of President Wilson
and Secretary Bryan are deliberately
distorted. The president is pictured
as a scoundrel who is betraying his
country into the hands of Great Brit
ain. All this was done to mould public
opinion and to force the president
into war with Mexico. I can see no
reason for it unless it be that Hearst
owns vast tracts of land in Mexico
that would become much more valu
able if we were forced into war with
Mexico and sent an army of occupa
tion into Mexico to police that un
happy land to keep soldiers there to
police the country while Hearst and
others go on making money out of
their Mexican land.
Or it may be that war gets the peo
ple so excited that they will spend
their money every few minutes buy
ing war extras.
Another illustration is the persist-
' ent campaign of the Tribune to boost
President McCormick of the County
2?oard and to discredit the members
who won't obey McCormick's orders.
I don't knQW what the Tribune's
game is in the queer politics it plays,
but its tactics are those of the politi
cal boss who wants to use the public
for his own selfish ends.
The best known example of how
the Tribune-wiH use power .when it
has it is found in the infamous mid
night lease, whereby a Tribune-controlled
school board, changed the Tri
bune's lease of school land so that
there will be no revaluation of that
land during the entire term of the
lease 99 years.
The Daily News occupies school
land on the same basis, and benefitted
financially by the same rotten deal
of a newspaper-controlled school
board. ' ,
When the Marshall Field store was
grabbing valuable property belonging
to the people of Chicago, in order
to extend the store under a street
and get ready for a big subway sta
tldn, none of the newspapers that get
Field advertising dared make a fight
to protect the rights of the people,
from the raid on their rights.
That illustrated the powerful in
fluence of big advertisers when pub
lic rights are at 'stake.
I say that the newspapers that sup
pressed the news while that job was
being railroaded through council be
trayed the people of Chicago.
Another case in point is the deal
the telephone trust has been trying
to railroad through council giving the
city's consent to'the purchase by the
trust of the Automatic telephone
plant. The point to this is that if this
consent is given it gives, to the 'phone
trust, without any consideration tD
the city, valuable property that now
belongs to the city; for I believe the
city now has the right to take over
This deal has been on for months,
yet not a newspaper in Chicago has
peeped in defense of the city's rights.
And all the time the Chicago Tele
phone Company has been advertising
heavily in the newspapers.
What induced the newspaper
policy of silence? The public interest
or the telephone advertising?
How much are the Chicago news
papers influenced in their news and
editorial policy by the persistent ad
vertising campaign of .the other pub
lic service corporations?
Now let's get back to Post. How
many advertisers are adopting the
same policy Post adopted" of trying
to influence the news and editorial
policy of pne newspapers to which he
paid large sums of money for adver
tising? Recently we Have had an illustra
tion of the point of view of advertisers
who think as Post thought. George
P. Bent, manufacturer of Crown pi
anos, didn't like some policy of the
Tribune. So he cancelled his advertis
ing contract and started, in on a eam-